Orinoco Flow (4:25)

Cover of Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya

From Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya and 82 other releases

The song was highly popular in the early 1990s and was featured on many pop music compilations. It shares part of its name with Orinoco Studios (now Miloco Studios), where it was recorded.

The division of syllables to follow the pattern of music may trick the listener into thinking that the song is written in Latin (as some Enya tracks are), but the lyrics are in fact English. At the end of the song she pays tribute to Warner Brothers Music UK CEO Rob Dickins and makes a more veiled reference to producer Ross Cullum.

In 1998 a special edition 10th anniversary remix single was released.

Locations referenced in lyrics (in order of mention)
Orinoco River, Venezuela and Colombia
Tripoli, Libya
Yellow Sea, China
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Palau, islands near the Philippines
Avalon, British Isles
Fiji, Fiji islands
Tiree, Scotland
Isles of Ebony, England
Peru, Peru
Cebu, Philippines
Babylon, Iraq
Bali, Indonesia
Cali, a city in Colombia
Coral Sea, Australia
Ebudae (Inner Hebrides), Scotland (also the name of a later Enya song)
Khartoum, Sudan
Sea of Clouds, the Moon, possibly Mount Huangshan, China
Island of the Moon, Madagascar
Ross Dependency (this was an in song reference to Ross Cullum)


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  • jes2cool

    Yon maiden in the white flowing dress, beckoning to sail away with her? Do I even dare to entertain such thoughts in the deepest recesses of my soul? Yeah verrily yon beloved wife, standing upon the stairway with flowing sweat pants also beckons unto me. Could it be an invitiation for a night of wine, candlelight, merriment, and intimacies? Alas, tis' not to be. She encourages me to come and make haste with my trusty weapon, Excalibur! The plumber's helper. (Fin)

    15 Apr 5:50pm Reply
  • joabepereira97

    Serauê, Serauê, Serauê, ♪

    9 Apr 5:40am Reply

    So much nostalgia... this is one of those first ever music favorites that you never forget.

    29 Mar 3:47am Reply
  • changelingette

    this is soooo gooooood

    25 Mar 9:06pm Reply
  • toki_srevenge


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  • jes2cool

    Hey, we shop at the same store! Yeah, they were playing this track over and over as some store promotion. If I remember correctly, I think it was for sour dough bread. I was about to get all in the manager's face over the infidel's desecration of the song and he explained they'd altered the lyrics to "Sale away, Sale away". BTW: Looove the hat. I'll keep an eye out for you. I tend to hang out a lot over in the cat food section. Can't miss it. Just follow the clumps of shedding orange fur.

    28 Feb 12:12am Reply
  • GandhiCat

    I heard this in a grocery store the other day

    25 Jan 6:26am Reply
  • junkmanjimmy

    Awesome!!!....Enya Is First Class Top Notch!!!...Beautiful Sound!!!...Pure Wonder!!!....

    11 Jan 4:05am Reply
  • DormantProdigy

    Reminds me of my nana... Bless her soul. < <(o*o)> > < / \ >

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Harkonnenka

    Legendary song :)

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ambryer

    pure bliss

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DannytaLee


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  • Srchino63

    Already a classic! No doubt!

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • phdecora

    and then she comes in with the golf club.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • N-Y-R

    Classic !

    3 Jul 2013 Reply


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  • JohnJohn535

    One of my all-time favorites

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    I am reminded. ♥

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • Ruminator

    Fun song! It's one of my favorite Enya works. She has sure done a lot of good work.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • candyangie

    my favourite artist in the whole wold there is something super classy about a woman who doesn't need to take off her clothes to show her beauty

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
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